CONTACT INFORMATION

Ambar Sarkar
Engineering Tracks Program Chair
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Natarajan Viswanathan
Back-End Designer Track Chair
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Monica Farkash 
Front-End Designer Track Chair
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Randy Fish
IP Track Chair
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Mark Kraeling
Embedded Systems and Software Track Chair
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Sashi Oblisetty
Cloud Focus Chair
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SUBMISSION SITE QUESTIONS

Alexis Bauer Kolak
Education Director
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Engineering Tracks Poster Guidelines

Thank you for participating at the Engineering Tracks Poster Receptions for DAC 2022.  Below please find information, DAC guidelines and best practices to prepare your poster.

Engineering Tracks presenters are required to present a poster describing their work (see below for poster guidelines) at one of the hour-long poster sessions and be available for the entire hour to discuss their work with interested attendees. This provides an opportunity for extended discussion with interested members of the audience.

TIMELINE

  • October 1, 2021: Submission site open.
  • January 18, 2022: Submission deadline
  • January 25, 2022: Extended submission deadline
  • March 7, 2022: Notification - Accept as presentation, accept as poster, or reject notifications will be emailed to authors.
  • March 14, 2022: Confirmation Forms Due - Accepted posters must submit a confirmation form.
  • April 29, 2022: Registration Deadline - Register using the Engineering Track rate for any presenters: https://www.dac.com/Attend/Registration 
  • May 16, 2022: Draft Poster Due - Submission deadline for draft of posters. All material will be reviewed by Engineering Tracks Chairs.
  • May 23, 2022: Feedback Provided - Deadline for Engineering Tracks Chairs to communicate poster feedback to authors.
  • June 1, 2022: Final Poster Due - Deadline for presenters to submit final poster PDF for upload.

POSTER GUIDELINES

Engineering Tracks presenters are required to present a poster describing their work (see below for poster guidelines) at one of the hour-long poster sessions and be available for the entire hour to discuss their work with interested attendees. This provides an opportunity for extended discussion with interested members of the audience.

Each author is allocated a 42” tall x 36” wide area for a poster. Poster sessions will run for one hour, and may include 20-30 posters. Poster authors are welcome to distribute additional material to interested attendees at the poster session. Such material can include extended abstracts and whitepapers. Engineering Tracks Presentation authors have the option to print their presentation slides for posting, rather than create an additional poster. These slides must still fit in the designated poster dimensions once assembled.

  • One poster board is allocated to each presentation.
  • Posters must be mounted using push pins provided by the organizing committee.
  • Do not use foam core material for your poster or any other thick/heavy material.
  • Poster presenters are responsible for printing their own poster and carrying or shipping it to the conference.
  • The title of your poster should be done in block letters which are AT LEAST 8 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inches) high.
  • All text must be easily readable from a distance of 1 to 2 meters. Make the lettering at least 1 cm high, smaller lettering will not be legible from a distance of 1 to 2 meters.
  • All graphs and charts should be AT LEAST 25 X 30 cm (approximately 8.5 x 11 inches) or larger.
  • It is a good idea to sequentially number your materials in the poster. This will indicate to the viewer a logical progression through your poster.
  • Provide an introduction (outline) and a summary or conclusion for your poster.
  • Please include a copy of the DAC logo at the bottom right corner of your poster. You can download the PNG image file here.
  • Prepare your poster carefully so that it can be used as the basis to explain and answer questions from the viewers.
  • Have your business cards available for those who may wish to contact you at a later date.
  • Bring along a tablet of blank paper that you may use for a discussion of technical details relating to your poster.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Engineering Tracks submission process?

To spare experts from industry the many hours of preparation associated with a regular manuscript submission, Engineering Tracks (Front-End Design, Back-End Design, IP, Embedded Systems & Software) submissions are in the form of a 6-slide PowerPoint presentation. Authors of the highest quality submissions will be invited to present their work in Engineering Tracks sessions at the conference and a poster on the same subject during a poster session. Other authors may also be invited to present a poster during a poster session.>

Why Engineering Tracks Tracks? How is it different from the Research Track?

The Engineering Tracks Tracks are intended specifically for design engineers. This complements DAC's strong research focus on algorithms and methodology.

Are Engineering Tracks presentations and posters included in the DAC Proceedings?

No. However, Engineering Tracks posters and/or presentation slides will be made available online if the authors give permission. They will be made available on the DAC website after the conference as a part of the DAC Archive.

Do I have to use a DAC template for my extended abstract?

No. But you are required to follow the submission and formatting guidelines above.

May I add an additional author(s) after submission?

No. All authors should be included at submission.

My company's legal department hasn't approved my submission yet. Can the deadline be extended?

No. While we sympathize with your situation (many of us have been there), we have a tight schedule and are unable to accommodate late submissions. If your company permits, you may submit your work for review by the DAC technical program committee without such approval. However, you must obtain appropriate legal, copyright, and any other required permissions well-ahead of the deadline for submission of the final presentation and/or poster, if your submission is accepted for presentation in either format. You will not be able to present any work in a Engineering Tracks session without suitable permission from your company.>

Where do I submit?

All submissions will occur electronically through the DAC website. The submission deadline was January 25, 2022 at 5pm PT (USA).

What does an Engineering Tracks presentation entail?

Authors of accepted presentations will be allocated 15 minutes in an Engineering Tracks session: 13 minutes for the presentation, 1 minute for wrap-up, and 1 minute for Q/A. In addition, presenters are required to present a poster describing their work (see below for poster guidelines) at one of the hour-long Engineering Tracks poster sessions and be available for the entire hour to discuss their work with interested attendees. This provides an opportunity for extended discussion with interested members of the audience.

What does an Engineering Tracks poster entail?

Each author is allocated a 42” tall x 36” wide area for a poster. Engineering Tracks poster sessions will run for one hour, and may include 20-30 posters. Poster authors are welcome to distribute additional material to interested attendees at the poster session. Such material can include extended abstracts and whitepapers.

What's the difference between an Engineering Tracks poster and an Engineering Tracks presentation?

Engineering Tracks presentations are oral presentations similar to those in the DAC research track. Engineering Tracks presentations are scheduled in sessions that run parallel to the rest of the DAC program and also include a poster presentation at a Engineering Tracks poster session at the end of the day. If you are selected for a full presentation, you must produce both a slide presentation and a poster for post-session questions and discussion.

Engineering Tracks poster-only presentations must only produce a poster that will be presented during a poster-only session to be held at the end of the day on the exhibit floor for maximum exposure and discussion.>

How are Engineering Tracks submissions evaluated?

The Engineering Tracks program committee consists of industry experts that collectively represent years of design and software development experience. A good Engineering Tracks presentation addresses innovative tool use coupled with high-quality results. Extra notes are encouraged to be included in the submission. The considerations used by the program committee in acceptance decisions include:

  • Significance of results supported by clear, measurable criteria, including, but not limited to: improved quality of silicon, improved reuse, decreased design process complexity, and reduced time-to-market.

  • Level of innovation in tool use, e.g., utilizing one tool to obtain results that aid another tool, writing scripts to combine tools, user-facing enhancements, intelligent data management. A submission should not mirror the help section in the tool's user manual, but instead address a creative way of using the tool.

  • Ability to overcome design challenges such as scalability, integrating IP, and bridging front-end/back-end gaps.

     

  • Validation of the proposed techniques using real designs, case studies, or established benchmarks.

  • Discussion of the conceptual limitations of tools and suggestions for future tool improvement. Solid technical contributions should address both the strengths and the weaknesses of the approach.

  • Quality of material including writing, illustrations, and organization.

  • Product marketing material is inappropriate for the Engineering Tracks topics.

Do the Engineering Tracks Posters tracks have “Best of” awards?

Yes! Select Engineering Tracks posters are chosen by the Engineering Track TPC as Poster Gladiators. Gladiators are invited to give a short presentation in the DAC Pavilion to a panel of expert judges during our Gladiator Arena sessions. The Gladiator winners will be announced on Wednesday afternoon at 5:00pm.

Do Engineering Tracks participants have to register for DAC?

Full DAC conference registrants are automatically allowed to attend Engineering Tracks sessions. In addition, both Engineering Tracks speakers and any participants who want to attend only the Engineering Tracks sessions, Keynotes, and the Exhibit Floor at DAC can do so at a discounted registration rate via the “Engineering Tracks Special”  registration package. Registration details will be released shortly

What should my slide presentation look like?

Remember that your slides must be presented in 13 minutes, plus 1 minute for wrap-up. Presenting meaningful content in a short time is challenging and requires careful thought and planning. 

My question isn’t answered here! Where can I get an answer?

Please address any unanswered questions to your Chair(s):

- Natarajan Viswanathan, 59th DAC Back-End Design Chair 

- Monica Farkash, 59th DAC Front-End Design Chair

- Mark Kraeling, 59th DAC Embedded Systems and Software Chair

- Randy Fish, 59th DAC IP Chair

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Accepted Designer Track presentations and posters are NOT included in the DAC proceedings. However, accepted Designer Track submissions (both posters and presentation slides) will be made available on the DAC website after the conference as a part of the DAC Archives (subject to approval from the authors).
  • Designer Track submission will be accepted as a 15-minute presentation or presented as a poster in a 60-minute group session.
  • Best Presentation awards will be selected from the Designer Track submissions. The awards will be based on (a) the quality of the submission, (b) the presentation given at DAC, and (c) the presentation at the poster session.